Triumphant Daphne crowned world champion in Canada

Daphne Belt has been crowned a world champion at a triathlon event in Canada SUS-140209-134820001

Daphne Belt has been crowned a world champion at a triathlon event in Canada SUS-140209-134820001

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A PENSIONER from Toddington was crowned a triathlon world champion in Canada yesterday (Monday, September 1).

Daphne Belt, 75, of Toddington Lane, took the gold medal at the ITU World Triathlon Age Group Championships – one of only three GB athletes to take the top spot at the Olympic-distance event.

Daphne had to complete a gruelling 1,500m swim, followed by a 40k cycle ride and a 10k run.

She said: “In the run my asthma played up a little and I can only think this is due to Edmonton being 2,192 feet above sea level.”

For the full story, see this week’s Gazette (Thursday, September 4).